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Howard Davis, CEO
Howard Davis, CEO
Howard is currently the CEO of Assemble Systems, a cloud-based construction software provider servicing the AEC industry. Howard brings over 15 years of management, corporate development, and private equity investment experience.

The Benefits of Visually Communicating Your Project Schedule

September 22nd, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

A huge advantage that comes with the BIM data integration in a construction project is the ability to visualize the expected progress throughout the entire process. When teams are empowered to create a comprehensive project schedule in a way that shows stakeholders exactly what the project will look like over time, all parties achieve a greater understanding of the process which opens lines of communication and puts minds at ease.

In review of this month’s webinar, “Managing & Modeling: Visually Communicating Your Project Schedule,” below are some basic (but vital) ways that projects benefit from using comprehensive visual project schedules.

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BIM is Evolving. Are You?

September 15th, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

The roots of building information modeling (BIM) date back decades to the early days of computing. Originally used as a means of visualization, BIM started merely as an academic construct, just one small component of the ample process we know it to be today.

Over the years, the technology has advanced and the tools that support the use of BIM have developed along with it. When BIM first emerged, the emphasis was on the 3D project model created by the design team that may or may not have been used by the construction team.  It existed in isolation as a means of design documentation.  However, the industry has evolved to appreciate the numerous benefits of BIM thanks to the adoption of cloud based solutions that distribute consistent information to all stakeholders throughout the project life-cycle.
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3 Important Questions to Ask Yourself When Managing a Complex Budget

August 26th, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

Budget management for a complex project is a serious endeavor – one that can often mean the difference between failure and success. Managing a budget means understanding the scope of work as well as understanding the proposed timeline and scheduling. It means anticipating hurdles along the way. It means being strategic and flexible in the way your overcome those hurdles. It’s fair to say, at its core, that proper budget management relies on the ability to communicate, collaborate and make the right choices based on the best, most up-to-date information.

We recently hosted a webinar focusing on 3 Workflows to Improve Budget Management. Using the information and insight from the webinar, we put together a few tips on how to take full control of your budget, manage changes in scope and drastically improve your overall outcome. All you need to do is ask yourself a few questions:
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Walking Down Memory Lane: Recent Complex Projects and Case Studies

August 20th, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

We take pride in looking back at the clients who have integrated Assemble into their projects and decided to share their stories. Each project comes with a unique set of needs that requires specifically catered solutions. At Assemble, we love working with key partners in the construction industry to provide these solutions and build truly great things.

The projects below highlight a diverse range of services provided by Assemble integration – from planning and preventative measures to collaboration and communication to data modeling – all leading to higher efficiency and client satisfaction.
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Industry Recap: BIM Trends for 2015

August 13th, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

It is no secret that building information modeling (BIM) represents groundbreaking technology that, as it grows, is changing the face of the construction industry. BIM provides the user with a visual perspective of project components in real time. Any stakeholder involved has access to up-to-date project data with the ability to communicate with other parties within the BIM platform. As a result, BIM empowers users to collaborate more efficiently, identify and address challenges, streamline processes from design to construction and produce faster, better, more sustainable outcomes.

In the past few years, some common themes and big questions have been revealed as BIM is implemented, or even mandated, on a global scale. Here is a recap of what we are currently seeing in the industry:
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5 Tips to Streamline Model Checking

August 4th, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

Today’s challenges around BIM are not about documentation and design, but around how to manage all the interactions and easily extract model data for use among all involved parties without risk of compromise. Assemble is continuing to innovate the market with our advanced customized reporting empowering AEC professionals to do their best work, optimize project outcomes and win work.

We recently hosted a webinar on Model Checking Made Easy. As a quick refresher, we put together a few quick tips to help you streamline your model checking using Assemble:

When it comes to checking values, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Technology Adoption in the Construction Industry

July 31st, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

Historically the construction industry has been slow and reluctant to adopt new technology. However, this trend is quickly shifting. Construction firms are adopting new technologies at an unprecedented rate. According to the 2015 Construction Technology Report released by JB Knowledge, the number of construction firms utilizing cloud-based software has more than doubled since 2012.

Moving beyond software, the AEC industry is also advancing their skills leveraging cutting-edge construction tools like mobile, 3D Laser Scanning, BIM, drones, AR/VR, wearable tech and more. Understanding which technology to use for different job functions can be overwhelming. A recent ENR article, Three Steps to Utilize Technology in Construction, highlights how companies can effectively integrate technology for increased productivity using three simple methods: adopt, embrace and invest.
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Building Blocks of the Future

July 3rd, 2015 by Howard Davis, CEO

In recent years, there has been a significant amount of research on the subject of block play, or “construction toys,” and their effects on developing minds. Popular examples include wood blocks, Mega Bloks® and, of course, the prolific brand of LEGO®.

LEGO bricks, in particular, have recently received attention after BBC released a short documentary, entitled “LEGO – The Building Blocks of Architecture.” In the 30-minute documentary, host Tom Dyckhoff explores the ways in which modern architecture and design have benefitted from the popularization of the seemingly simple toy.
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